Wellington is built on rubbish


Inspired by Te Radar’s Eating the Dog, I have found this photo of the progress being made on the “Winter Show Association’s extensive buildings and grounds”, a building I now work in. It was published in the Evening Post, 4 June 1928. According to other articles, it was originally a gully but was filled in by refuse from the tip just down the road, and spoil from the construction of the Mt Victoria tunnel. Reading other articles there’s a theme of land being landscaped with rubbish, and spoil in order to flatten it out. Now I wonder just what Wellington looked like for the early settlers.

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  1. Robyn says:

    I’ve also wondered about early Wellington. The shoreline is the best known geographic change, but it must have been really tempting to fill in gullies. Karori has a few filled-in gullies, and I’m pretty sure there are others around. What remnants can be found beneath these unnaturally flat suburbs?

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